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Over half of Beirut health facilities 'non-functional': WHO

AFP , Wednesday 12 Aug 2020
Hospital in Beirut
A photo taken on 6 August, 2020 shows a hospital partially damaged & functioning well below capacity in Beirut, Lebanon. Many health centers & primary care facilities are also damaged and/or out of action as a result of the blast (Photo: Official Twitter account of the World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office)
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More than half of Beirut's healthcare facilities are "non-functional" following last week's deadly portside explosion, the World Health Organisation said Wednesday.

Following an assessment of 55 clinics and health centres in the Lebanese capital, "we know now that just over 50 percent are non-functional," said WHO's regional emergency director Richard Brennan at a virtual press conference in Cairo.

Three major hospitals were non-functional and another three operating at well below normal capacity, he said.

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